Kick, push, kick, push, escape

Kick, push, kick, push, escape

There are 11 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 10, 2007, titled Kick, push, kick, push, escape. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Ismael Carmona, a lanky 21-year-old, is skateboarding down a dilapidated street in his Back of the Yards neighborhood.

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River Forest, IL

#1 Nov 10, 2007
I started skateboarding myself about 4 months ago. I'm 25 years old facing some of the same struggles of the Chicago life. Skateboarding is all about mind, body and soul. Sometimes I can see the youger kids looking and admiring me cruise thru the city on my deck - and I know I might have changed their life for ever. I hope that I am leaving a strong enough impression on their minds that they choose to be anything other than to become a statistic.

Luverne, MN

#2 Nov 10, 2007
what a wonderful story.i would rather read stories like that instead of all the violence

Hearne, TX

#3 Nov 10, 2007
Well its a nice hobby and alternative to gangs, SURE... but imagine if he had put that drive and determination into something that would have bettered his life? At the end of the day, hes just another impoverished young minority father in a big city, jus carrying a skateboard instead of a gun.

United States

#4 Nov 10, 2007
Still, better carrying the skateboard than the gun. Who's to say that he doesn't enjoy a sense of fulfillment? You obviously are quick to judge and don't know the meaning of such.
I am pissed

United States

#5 Nov 10, 2007
While the topic is great, the writer is pathetic.

And whoever that is in the video, skating w/the baby, at least get the baby some head protection.
desi and i am pissed

London, UK

#6 Nov 11, 2007
If you can't see the good in this story and feel the need to comment in some irrelevant negative way you obviously have no undertstanding of the inner city. stay behind your computer in the suburbs and comment on something you have a clue about. good story its nice to see someone acknowledging the positive things skateboarding brings rather than the usual stuff. Desi dog, don't you realise that when you achieve a sense of fulfillment on your own terms, no matter if its skating or anything else. That leads to a maturity and a value of oneself that alot of kids never reach in bad neighborhoods. Your probably too spoilt to see this yourself but maybe if you shut your mouth and think a bit more you may undertstand.
Ruth from Evanston

Blue Island, IL

#7 Nov 11, 2007
Where can I contribute so more can have skateboards instead of guns?

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 11, 2007
I am from the near south suburbs of Chicago, have lived in the city for 5 years, and have been skateboarding for 10 years. Skating can truly help one realize their potential - whether it be physical or mental. From skateboarding, one can develop a sharp sense of discipline, commitment, and lasting friendships. The ironic part is, despite skateboarding's positive effects, mainstream society is quick to dismiss skaters as juvenille, thuggish troublemakers or no-goodnick punks. There is definitely an edgy image that many skaters have adopted, but thats all it is - an image. Skaters are some of the friendliest, most open minded people you can meet. But the police are still quick to harrass, intimidate, and even arrest skaters for simply rolling on the sidewalks. We need to build more skateparks, especially in underprivileged neighborhoods(does anyone know what is going on with the Logan Blvrd / I-94 skatepark proposed for under the bridge?). Anyways, theres my 2 cents...

United States

#9 Nov 13, 2007
Humberto Abad

Naperville, IL

#10 May 29, 2008
There will always be people that talk down to those that try to bring about change. Look past those people and move on to the next group of individuals that need help or are like minded. I'm honored to be in this article and proud to be a positive influence to the next generation. If we don't help ourselves, then who will? Change starts here, Will you be part of it?
Ismael Carmona

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 3, 2012
well today is the first time i read these posts and thanx for the support i was one of the people in the story the one sk8n with my daughter and i know i should have had a helmet on her but i was just rolling from square 2 square on the side walk im proud 2 say im still gang free drug free and i have a stronger relationship with my 6yr daughter n 4yr son everyday they wanna go sk8 n get out of the enviremeant their in i know longer live with them their mother is with a gangmember and they rather be with me something positite not negative at least my kids now that now and if u guys cant see that well spend time with me n check it out 4 ur selfs c if u can walk the walk n talk the talk

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